What are your first thoughts when I say the word “change”? If your mind went straight to the negative, scary, stressful, aspects of change, then you are not alone. Humans are creatures of habit, conditioned to be afraid of the unknown. But is change really that bad?
In the many cases, whether in life, business or fundraising, change can actually bring a number of positive benefits. Here are seven good reasons that change is good for your and your charity or not-for-profit organisations.
Change creates opportunities for learning
Change often brings the new experiences required for learning. Even changes with a negative impact can provide a valuable opportunity to learn from your mistakes and failures.
Change moves us forward
Without change we would be stuck in one place, never making the adjustments necessary to advance towards our goals and experience success.
Change supports growth
Whether in life or business, achieving your goals and learning along the way results in growth.
Change encourages innovation
Those who are willing to embrace change have the courage to innovate and try something new.
Change teaches us to be flexible
The more change we experience, the easier we find it to adapt. Learning to be flexible and adapt quickly is valuable skill that will help you thrive in uncertain environments.
Change keeps life interesting
When you are open to change, you are open to new experiences and opportunities that take you out of your comfort zone and help you feel alive.
Change builds resilience
And lastly, change helps build personal and organisational resilience. As Charles Darwin once said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one the most responsive to change.” The best thing is that the relationship between change and resilience is circular. The more resilient you become, the more you are able to successfully manage change, even change that is catastrophic.
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